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The top five wearables companies for the fourth quarter of 2017 are Apple followed by Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin and Huawei

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  • Apple has become the leader in Global wearable Market
  • Apple has had eight million shipments in the fourth quarter alone
  • The company has been leading by a large margin

With eight million shipments in the fourth quarter, Apple has become the leader in the global wearables market, a report by International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker has said.

In the fourth quarter, Apple shipped eight million wearables with a 21 percent market share and 57.5 percent year-over-year growth, the report said on Thursday.

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Apple becomes the global wearables market leader. IANS

According to the report, the fourth quarter of 2017 was the first quarter that Apple held the market leader position all to itself after spending several quarters close behind Fitbit or Xiaomi.

Apple is catching the market at the right time with many users of basic wearables moving on to smartwatches and cellular connectivity (available on select Series 3 Watches) is earning a warm reception among end users, the report said.

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The late-year push of eight million units separated Apple from the competition to emerge as the overall leader of the wearables market for the year, the report added.

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Company says users’ choices are becoming more sophisticated.

“User tastes have become more sophisticated over the past several quarters and Apple pounced on the demand for cellular connectivity and streaming multimedia,” Ramon T. Llamas, Research Director for IDC’s Wearables team, said in a statement.

The top five wearables companies for the fourth quarter of 2017 are Apple followed by Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin and Huawei. IANS

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Apple Allows Third-Party Workflow Extensions For Video-Editing

Motion, the powerful motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro, also gets an update that adds a comprehensive set of colour-grading tools and custom LUTs

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Apple allows third-party app integration to its video editing software. Flickr Commons

Apple has introduced third-party workflow extensions and a host of new features for professional video creators in its update to “Final Cut Pro X” — its professional video-editing programme.

The “Final Cut Pro X” update, now available on the Mac App Store, introduces workflow extensions that enable professional video editors to use third-party apps and services directly within the editing interface, Apple said in a statement late on Thursday.

Workflow extensions match the look of Final Cut Pro and integrate tightly into the app, allowing editors to drag media into Final Cut Pro libraries, sync playback between extensions and timeline, add clip markers and more.

“These extensions make it easy to use popular tools that enhance post-production including review and approval with Frame.io, stock footage browsing and purchasing with Shutterstock and media asset management with CatDV,” the company added.

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Motion, the powerful motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro, also gets an update that adds a comprehensive set of colour-grading tools and custom LUTs.

Compressor, the advanced encoding companion to Final Cut Pro, moves to a new 64-bit engine that takes advantage of all the memory in a user’s Mac for improved performance when encoding high resolution, high frame rate video.

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Final Cut Pro 10.4.4, Motion 5.4.2 and Compressor 4.4.2 will be available on the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users. New users can purchase the apps for Rs 24,900, Rs 3,999 and Rs 3,999, respectively. (IANS)